Spring 2020 dates are now available - Register Here!

Spring Swimming Lessons at NDSU

Fargo, N.D. - Red Cross Learn-to-Swim courses offered through the NDSU Swim Academy are designed to provide children and young teens with a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience. For every level of learn to swim, instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills as well as build on previously learned skills. Each class is filled with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate participants to want to perform and learn how to swim. 

*This program is open to the community.

All sessions run for 6 weeks on Saturday mornings. Parent/Child are 30 minutes with a student-teacher of 6:1, preschool and levels 1-2 are 30 minutes with a student teacher-ratio of 4:1, levels 3-5 are 40 Minutes and level 6 is 50 minutes. The student-teacher ratio for levels 3-6 is 6:1. All instructors are Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified. 

Session Schedule - Spring 2020
  • Cost per six-week session is $60. 
  • All sessions run for six weeks, Saturday mornings. (No lessons Easter weekend April 11)
  • Preschool and parent/child levels, along with levels 1 and 2 run 30 minutes.
  • Levels 3-5 run 40 minutes.
  • Level 6 runs 50 minutes.

All instructors are WSI certified and each class has a student to teacher ratio of 6:1. (preschool and levels 1 and 2 have a ratio of 4:1)

Session 1: January 25 - February 29
Session 2: March 28 - May 9


Register Here!

Other important information:
Welcome Email
Minor Waiver (required for participation)

The registration deadline for each six-week session is one week prior to first class of the session. 

A minimum of 3 lap pool lanes will be available for member use during Swim Academy times.

 Morning TimeLevels
8:20 a.m.Level 3, Level 4
8:30 a.m.Level 1
9:10 a.m.Preschool Level 1, 
Level 2, Level 5
9:50 a.m.Preschool Level 2,
Level 1
10:00 a.m.Level 3
10:30 a.m.Parent-Child 1,
Level 2
10:50 a.m.Level 6
11:10 a.m.Parent-Child 2

NDSU Swim Academy Information

  • Levels 1 through 6 (Individuals five years of age and up)
  • Parent/Child Levels 1 through 2 (Individuals 6 months-3 years)
  • Preschool Levels 1 through 2 (Individuals 4-5 years)

Please read the course descriptions carefully so you know in which level to place your child.

Course Descriptions

Parent/Child Level 1

Level Objective: Level 1 will work to familiarize children between 6 months and 3 years with water and teach swimming readiness skills. This level will provide safety information for parents. 

Level Prerequisites: No skill prerequisites; children must be at least 6 months old and parent must accompany child to each class.

Parent/Child Level 2

Level Objective: Children will improve skills learned in Parent/Child level 1 and learn more advanced skills, continuing to build on water safety knowledge. 

Level Prerequisites: Must show comfort with skills in Parent/Child level 1 and parent must accompany child to each class.

Preschool Level 1

Level Objective: In Level 1, children will be familiarized to the aquatic environment and helped to acquire rudimentary basic aquatic skills. Participants will begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water. 

Level Prerequisites: Children should be approximately 4 years or older.

Preschool Level 2

Level Objective: In Level 2, children will build on and improve skills learned in preschool level 1. Children will increase knowledge of water safety topics previously introduced. 

Level Prerequisites: Children should be approximately 4 years or older and successfully complete preschool level 1.

Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills

Level Objective: In Learn-to-Swim Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills, the participant is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and the development of water competency (the basic minimum skills needed for water safety). YMCA equivalent for Level 1 is starfish.

Level Prerequisites: Must be five (5) years of age by the last scheduled lesson. 

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Level Objective: Build on skills learned in level 1. The participant begins to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begins gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. The instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. YMCA equivalent for Level 2 is froggie.

Level Prerequisites: Learn-to-Swim Level 1 Certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements of Level 1

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Level Objective: Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary levels, are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks, learn the survival float and increase the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. YMCA equivalent for Level 3 is turtle.

Level Prerequisites: Learn-to-Swim Level 2 Certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements of Level 2. Participants should be able to swim rudimentary stroke of combined arm and leg actions on both front and back for width of the pool.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

Level Objective: In Learn-to-Swim Level 4—Stroke Improvement, instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills, build on previously learned skills, improve the swimming stroke proficiency and swimming for longer distances. Introduction of all swim strokes. YMCA equivalent for Level 4 is otter.

Level Prerequisites: Learn-to-Swim Level 3 Certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements of Level 3. Participants should be comfortable swimming a length of the pool on both front and back and know front crawl with rotary breathing.

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

Level Objective: In Level 5—Stroke Refinement, focus on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes: front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary back and sidestroke. YMCA equivalent for Level 5 is seal.

Level Prerequisites: Learn-to-Swim Level 4 Certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements of Level 4. Participants should have a good understanding of all swim strokes.

Level 6 - Fitness Swimmer

Level Objective: In Level 6—Fitness Swimmer, as in all the other levels, instructors follow a plan to refine swimming, physical fitness in the water and water safety skills that were taught throughout the levels. The expectations are quite high regarding distance and quality. Additionally, in Fitness Swimmer, participants learn principles of training and how to evaluate their own level of fitness. Furthermore, in Personal Water Safety, participants learn more complex water safety skills that may help them survive in an emergency. YMCA equivalent for Level 6 is shark.

Level Prerequisites: Learn-to-Swim Level 5 Certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level 5. Participants should have proficiency in all strokes.


Ryan MacMaster
Assistant Director of Operations and Aquatics

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